África González-Fernández-01

África González-Fernández

Universidad de Vigo

Prof. África González-Fernández (MD, PhD, Immunologist) was born in Madrid (Spain) and studied Medicine and Surgery in the University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, Spain). She obtained her PhD in the same University and performed the speciality in Immunology as Medical Internal resident (4 years) at the Hospital Puerta de Hierro (Madrid). She spent 4 years as post doc with Dr. Cesar Milstein (Nobel Prize winner for the monoclonal antibody technology) in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology-Medical Research Council (LMB-MRC) in Cambridge (UK). She returned to Spain becoming Full Professor of Immunology in the University of Vigo (Spain). She is leading a research group in the field of immune response to vaccines, Nanomedicine, toxicity and immunogenicity to nanomaterials. Currently she is Director of the Biomedical Research Center (CINBIO) in the University of Vigo, considered an excellent center by Xunta de Galicia. She is currently the President of the Spanish society for Immunology.She has published over 100 papers and book chapters, some of them in very top journals such as Nature, Cell, ACS-Nano, PNAS and she is regularly invited to give conferences. She developed 4 patents, promoter of the spin-off company called “NanoImmunoTech”, located in Vigo and Zaragoza (Spain). She has been nominated for the EU women innovator Prize (2017)